A Poem: “Different Species”


Politicians are not cats.

They do not eat kibbles from a bowl
do not catch flies on the window glass
do not sharpen their claws on furniture
do not sit on your morning paper
do not play with empty plastic bags.

Cats would feast
on the dead body of their owner
if there is no food around.

Politicians are nicer than that.

They only sink their teeth
into living members
of their own species.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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